GT&T's link up with Americas 11 cable likely by mid-June

Stabroek News
May 18, 2000

The local telecommunication company (GT&T) hopes to improve its international service through the likely mid-June commissioning of its terrestrial link with the telephone company of Suriname (TELESUR) and France Telecom in French Guiana.

The link is part of the Americas 11 cable project which is an undersea fibre optic cable that will connect North America, South America and the Spanish, Dutch, French and English-speaking Caribbean.

The cable terminates in French Guiana, with terrestrial extension to Suriname and Guyana and will reduce GT&T's dependence on rented satellite facilities, a release from GT&T said.

Last Thursday a team of GT&T officials visited neighbouring Suriname for a special meeting with their counterparts concerning completion of the Americas 11 cable project.

The meeting, chaired by GT&T's International Services Specialist, Raymond Roopnauth, set a schedule for completion of installation and testing of the optical link and terrestrial facilities between Suriname and Guyana, the release stated.

The parties also discussed the maintenance, security and commissioning of the terrestrial link, setting mid-June as the tentative inauguration date.